Dr. Alice Police, breast cancer game-changer, joins Northwell Health

Treating patients at Phelps and Northern Westchester hospitals . . .

Noted breast surgeon Alice M. Police, MD, FACS, has joined the Northwell Health Cancer Institute as regional director of breast surgery in Westchester County. Widely recognized as a game-changer in the surgical treatment of breast cancer, Dr. Police is now accepting patients at the Northwell Health Cancer Institute at Phelps Hospital in Sleepy Hollow and The Breast Institute at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, further strengthening the comprehensive teams of medical, surgical and radiation oncologists at both facilities.

Based on her patients’ needs, Dr. Police offers access to three innovative surgical technologies to provide treatment for those needing breast cancer surgeries, resulting in faster recovery, in most cases. Her approach has a higher likelihood of achieving “clear margins” in a single breast surgery, meaning that there are no cancer cells at the outer edge of the breast tissue removed during surgery – an important indicator that all the cancer has been removed.

“A patient can literally have breast cancer one week and not by the following week,” said Dr. Police. “We are developing a comprehensive breast program at Phelps and Northern Westchester hospitals that cuts through the typical bureaucratic process so a woman can get her treatment started quickly. A woman can come in with a breast lump and promptly get her imaging, biopsy, surgical consultation, medical and radiation oncology consultation and genetic information completed by a team of health care professionals dedicated to providing great medicine and a great patient experience. Our approach is seamless. It decreases anxiety and gets things done so that a woman can get back to her life.”

Dr. Police uses a surgical guidance system called SAVI SCOUT, which is a surgical guidance system and the first-ever application of radar technology in the human body. The use of SAVI SCOUT allows for greater precision during breast cancer surgery so that less healthy tissue is removed. The Northwell Health Cancer Institute also offers the state-of-the-art breast procedure for women undergoing surgical breast biopsies or lumpectomies at 16 hospitals, surgical locations and outpatient radiology facilities on Long Island.

About Phelps Hospital

Phelps Hospital, part of Northwell Health, is a full-service 238-bed acute care community hospital located in Sleepy Hollow, NY. With more than 1,700 employees and 500 medical staff members representing 60 medical specialties, Phelps offers one of the broadest ranges of community hospital services in Westchester County. Patients benefit from distinguished physicians, many of whom are pioneers in their field, offering the most advanced procedures using the latest technology. www.phelpshospital.org. Phelps’ primary and specialty care medical group, Phelps Medical Associates, has nearly 20 practices located on the hospital campus and in the surrounding communities. www.phelpsmedicalassociates.org.

About Northwell Health

Northwell Health is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer, with 21 hospitals and over 500 outpatient practices. We care for more than 1.8 million people annually in the metro New York area and beyond, thanks to philanthropic support from our communities. Our 61,000 employees – including 15,000+ nurses and 2,500+ doctors within Northwell Health Physician Partners – are working to change health care for the better. We’re making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institute. We’re training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and the School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. And we offer health insurance through CareConnect. For information on our more than 100 medical specialties, visit Northwell.edu.

Press Contact

Contact:  Margaret Plofchan, Director of Marketing Phelps Hospital